16 Nov '11, 3am

Singapore scientists lead study on Kawasaki disease

SINGAPORE: Singapore scientists have led a genome-wide association study on Kawasaki disease, a rare condition in children that involves inflammation of the blood vessels. The study by the scientists from the Infectious Diseases department of the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS) has been published in Nature Genetics this month. It indicates that a specific gene is associated with an increased risk of contracting the disease. The study examined genetic profiles of 405 children with Kawasaki disease and contrasted them with 6,252 healthy children in Europe, USA and Australia. Genetic markers showing potential association with the disease were also re-assessed in a further 740 affected families. Their study provides a biological basis for the treatment of Kawasaki disease.

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